Free e-learning courses offered by Google, IBM and more

With many of us spending more of our days indoors, it is the perfect time to select an upskilling course that will stimulate your brain while gaining industry knowledge.

By U2B Staff 

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E-learning platforms such as edX and Coursera are commonly known for their free courses that are offered by some of the highest-ranking universities in the world, however, there also are many programmes available that are taught by major companies such as Google, Amazon, IBM, Facebook and more. 

These companies even collaborate with top universities such as MIT or Harvard to produce skill-building programmes for aspiring lifelong learners and are even used to train their employees.

University degrees always play a big part in helping individuals secure jobs, but e-learning platforms provide a convenient solution to those who wish to add more skills to their CVs in a way that will make them stand out to employers as candidates that are vastly skilled and highly valuable. 


These courses give learners control over their scheduling and pace of training, they also allow learners to tailor their programmes to focus on the skills they need the most. Whether you are looking for an increment or promotion at work, building on your existing skills and learning new ones in your spare time can be essential to professionals across sectors. Listed below are some of the esteemed companies that are currently offering programmes that are mostly free or extremely affordable:

E-learning with Google

Google’s e-learning courses range from Coronavirus Powersearching to a Google IT professional certificate programme, and instructors include Google employees, like Daniel Russell, a senior research scientist in search quality and user happiness. You can also find Google courses taught in Portuguese and Spanish.  

Once students complete in-depth programs like its Automation with Python Certificate programme, they can also opt to share their information with potential employers. Most of these courses are free to audit and students can opt to pay a small fee to receive a certificate upon completion. 


Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services has dozens of affordable courses and programs teaching new and experienced users how to leverage AWS to power infrastructure, improve efficiency, and lower costs. 

AWS offers courses built for beginners, like the introductory courses included in the AWS Fundamentals specialisation, but a decent amount of its courses are made for intermediate or advanced learners. Instructors include senior cloud technologists, technical architects, and some of the site’s most highly rated technical trainers.

Most AWS courses are free to audit such as Getting Started with AWS Machine Learning and Migrating to the AWS Cloud, both of which with a small fee for a certificate of completion.


IBM offers dozens of e-learning courses and multi-course programmes in data analysis, cybersecurity, AI engineering, machine learning, cloud essentials, and more. It serves clients in 170 countries, classes can also be facilitated in languages such as Spanish

Course instructors include IBM data scientists and IBM software engineers with PhDs and decades of experience. Free courses include the IBM Data Science Professional Certificate, the IBM AI Engineering Professional Certificate, and IBM Cloud Essentials

The Linux Foundation 

The Linux Foundation offers courses on Coursera and edX, most of which are free to audit such as the Open Source Software Development, Linux and Git Specialisation, Introduction to Hyperledger Blockchain Technologies, Introduction to Service Mesh with Linkerd, Secure Software Development: Implementation, and Introduction to Cloud Infrastructure Technologies.

Instructors range from The Linux Foundation’s Direct of Training, Jerry Cooperstein, to its Director of Open Source Supply Chain Security, David Wheeler, and related specialists and founders.


Facebook offers a five-course digital marketing programme through Coursera geared towards beginners. The courses in the programme cover topics such as advertising and the optimisation of marketing campaigns. Ideally, students will finish the programme with a personal portfolio they can use in job applications. 

Altogether, the programme will take approximately five months to complete. After a seven-day trial, the course costs just US$49 for access and a certificate of completion.

Facebook’s Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate is also offered on Coursera, free of charge